The practice that differentiates the Buddhist from those who follow other religions is that of refuge. Taking refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha, ie the Three Jewels, and committing to work for more than this life is the first step on the road to enlightenment. What is the spirit with which we make this committment? What is and what isn't refuge? When are we ready to take formal refuge? Learn what is meant by the Three Jewels, what it means to take refuge in them and the essential practices and committments of refuge. Discuss the lay vows and their role in enhancing spiritual growth. Discover how these pledges help you truly engage in the path to enlightenment.